April 2, 2014

No Mud, No Lotus. {Poem}

lotus mud flower water bloom

“No mud, no lotus.”

~ Tich Naht Hahn


No Mud, No Lotus

No mud, no lotus.

No noise, no silence.

No silence, no song.

No bitter, no sweet.

No low, no high.

No old, no young.

No weak, no strong.

No ugly, no beautiful.

No broken, no whole.

No black, no white.

No white, no color.

No missing, no found.

No fall, no rise.

No work, no play.

No death, no birth.

No Adam, no Eve.

(No Eve, no Adam.)

No mud, no lotus.


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Editor: Catherine Monkman

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